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June 12, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke publicly for the first time Monday about the breakup of his 20-year marriage, saying he was responsible for the split even as he refused to talk about what caused it. In a somber meeting with reporters at City Hall, Villaraigosa declined to answer questions about whether the break with his wife, Corina, was triggered by another romantic relationship.
March 29, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON  - Losing All-Star power forward Blake Griffin with back spasms had already put the Clippers in a tough predicament, but it got more difficult when Coach Doc Rivers grew so upset at Glen Davis that he had the backup forward escorted from the game. The Clippers just pressed on, walloping the Houston Rockets yet again, 118-107, Saturday at Toyota Center, to sweep their four-game season series. Even with Griffin and Davis back in the locker room, the Clippers effort in the face of adversity.
May 18, 1997
Re "Parents Face Charges for Keeping Son From School," May 5. I have a son attending Sierra Vista Junior High School in the same program mentioned in the article. To look at my son, you wouldn't be able to tell him from the other children in the traditional educational setting. I agree that having the title of "severely emotionally disturbed" doesn't always fit the children in the classroom. I prefer to think of my son as "emotionally challenging." The challenge is for those who interact with him. Like Justin Cocco, my 14-year-old son is bright.
March 26, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DARRINGTON, Wash. - The stories rang with fear and frustration, pain and the occasional flicker of joy. But the storytellers Wednesday were not the survivors of the deadly mudslide that slammed into the Stillaguamish Valley. For the first time since a mountain of mud buried a small rural enclave called Oso and largely cut Darrington off from the rest of the world, a small number of rescuers spoke at length of their long hours on "the pile," of plucking the living from a square mile of mud and debris, of tagging the dead bodies of neighbors.
December 14, 1990
Mabuhay ! to The Times for your editorial ("At Long Last, Justice for Filipino Vets," Dec. 2) on Filipino veterans. My sentiments exactly, and those of all Filipino-Americans. Your article is well-researched and well-expressed. For these Filipino veterans, the battle is not yet over. Working to obtain veterans benefits is another mountain for them to climb. Just as the Japanese-Americans were segregated in their concentration camps, these Filipino veterans have been emotionally imprisoned all these years.
January 6, 2005
I really enjoyed Howard Leff's column "All Set for Love, Seriously" [Dec. 30]. All of us stable, mature, emotionally healthy women hope one day all mankind will strive for and achieve the emotional evolution that you hope for in 2005! I, for one, have decided that in this brand-new year I'm going to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. I'm going to forget the past and the mistakes I've made in my love life. Howard, I'm wrapping myself in all the cliches. I'm going to "take risks," "grab the brass ring," "go for the gusto" and "be positive."
July 19, 1987
To help with a book, I would be most grateful to hear from women who have participated, or who currently participate, in competitive sport at any level--how they came to take up their sport, whether they have achieved the standard at which they aimed, and how they react emotionally to victory and to defeat. A. L. BOUGHMAN Box 121 Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2RZ England
September 24, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A special-education teacher in Tyler was fatally stabbed in a high school classroom, and police took a 16-year-old male student into custody. Todd R. Henry, 50, worked with students at John Tyler High School who were either emotionally or behaviorally challenged, said his older brother, Jody Henry. "He loved it," his brother said. Supt. Randy Reid said a teacher's aide and two students were in the class, and the aide subdued the suspect before calling police.
October 5, 2008 | Kathy M. Kristof, Special to The Times
Justin and Brandy Besemer were newly married and trying to pay off their wedding debt when they decided their family needed a dog -- an American Bulldog named Kaila. Thus started one of their first arguments. Brandy, who had never had a dog before, wanted to spend a little over $300 a year to buy pet insurance. Justin, who had always had dogs, thought it was a waste of money. "His parents told me this horror story that made me insist we get it," explained Brandy, 28.
February 7, 1999 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN
The annals of child kidnapping are replete with heartbreaking tragedies, but probably none have been quite as bizarre as the crime that first mesmerized, then convulsed, Los Angeles more than 70 years ago. By the time it was over, it would involve not only an apparent abduction, but also impersonation, police coercion, false imprisonment, psychiatric abuse and--this being Los Angeles--a court fight that stretched on for more than a decade.
March 17, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - Two former lovers faced off a few paces apart in a military courtroom Monday, avoiding eye contact as a judge heard conflicting narratives about a tumultuous and illicit affair between two officers of very different rank and stature. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, wearing jump boots and a dress blue uniform with a white star on each shoulder, pleaded guilty to mistreating his mistress, a subordinate officer under his command. He told a military judge in a halting voice that he deceived the woman, a captain, during their three-year affair, causing her "emotional harm and suffering.
March 6, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
In "Bethlehem," Israel's submission to the recent Academy Awards for the foreign language Oscar, first-time filmmaker Yuval Adler views entrenched political tensions through the template of a police procedural. Focusing on an Israeli intelligence agent and one of his Palestinian informants, the movie has the taut efficiency of a well-constructed crime thriller, while its real-world underpinnings play out with a less convincing sense of urgency. Tsahi Halevy carries himself with a mournful, in-over-his-head demeanor as Razi, an officer in Israel's secret service who's trying to prevent an impending suicide bombing in Jerusalem.
March 6, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Strive as one might for objectivity, certain shows come equipped with viewer expectations. So when Denis Leary announced that USA would be debuting his comedic accompaniment to "Rescue Me," a natural reaction, at least among Leary fans, would have been "Yay. " Then, when the first episode of "Sirens," which premieres Thursday, turned out to be one long (literally and figuratively) penis joke, an equally natural reaction might have been "Gaack. " Which is no doubt why USA sent three episodes for review.
March 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - An ambitious bill seeking to stem the rise of sexual assaults in the military died Thursday after senators from both parties refused to limit the role of commanding officers in deciding whether to prosecute such cases. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pushed the issue to prominence during this congressional session, arguing on behalf of victims who testified that they feared retaliation for pressing assault allegations up the military chain of command. Her bill - which won support from 17 of the 20 women in the Senate - would have shifted sexual assault investigations to military prosecutors.
March 6, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Councilman John Duran and his gay colleagues on the West Hollywood City Council never expected a backlash when they voted recently to remove the rainbow flag from above City Hall. For Duran, who is gay, taking down the flag wasn't about slighting gays but sending a message about the city's diversity. "It's not just a city of gay men. It belongs to heterosexual people as well," he said. But the flag's removal in a place synonymous with gay life outraged many, and the city this week changed course, raising above City Hall a flag with a rainbow-colored city logo.
March 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
If World Cup tuneups are designed to build confidence and improve team chemistry, then Ukraine's emotional 2-0 win over the U.S. on Wednesday in Larnaca, Cyprus, was a disaster for the Americans. But if the idea is to identify weaknesses and expose mistakes, then the match was a huge success. Because the U.S. did little right in a sloppy, confused effort that is all the more worrisome since it came less than 100 days from the start of this summer's tournament in Brazil. "It was difficult for a lot of players to get into a rhythm, to stand out," said U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann, who used the match as a final evaluation for the European-based players on the fringes of his World Cup roster.
It was lethal conversation, laced with talk of painkillers and suffocation by plastic bag. But for Derek Humphry, co-founder of the Hemlock Society and best-selling author of a manual on suicide, telling others how to die is a way of life. On Saturday, the 61-year-old Eugene, Ore., author described how, in 1975, he assisted in the suicide of his first wife, Jean, who was suffering from terminal cancer.
Lyle Menendez testified Monday that his mother was "very strange" and frequently violent and that she--like his father--sexually abused him. Until he was 13, his mother would wash his body "everywhere," he said. She also would invite him into bed with her and he would touch her "everywhere," he testified. "I took it to be love," Lyle Menendez said, adding, "She was enjoying it." But he was not enjoying it, he said, so he stopped the activities, which enraged her.
March 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
It was supposed to be a final U.S. tune-up for this summer's World Cup. But what Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Ukraine in Cyprus proved is the American national soccer team likely needs a complete overhaul if it expects to be competitive in Brazil. A first-half goal by Andriy Yarmolenko and a second-half score by Marko Devic capped an emotional week for the Ukraine, which nearly canceled the match after Russian troops occupied the Crimean peninsula last weekend. Instead they turned the game into a display of patriotism.
February 28, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Erica Eihl speaks in a voice that her kindergartners can hear only if they are as quiet as the church mice in children's storybooks. And with a couple of squirrelly exceptions, they stay that quiet for 15 or 20 minutes - a near eternity - as Eihl guides them to use all their senses to consider a piece of apple, with directions such as, "Looking at the apple, look on the outside. Look on the inside.… Remember, keep it in your palm and just look at it. " When she asks for their input, she gets raised hands and comments such as: "It smells juicy and apple-y" and "I see little tiny white spots.
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